Justin Turner may not be able to fix all of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ problems – but we know he will certainly try. Red Dream’s return date has been one circled on every Dodgers fan’s calendar since March. The date has finally arrived, as Turner will return in the team’s next game at Miami on Tuesday night.
Dave Roberts made this announcement following Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The team will also get back Logan Forsythe the same night, as an added bonus.
Roberts said he expects Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe to be in the Dodger lineup Tuesday in Miami.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 13, 2018
Even if he can’t don Superman’s cape and single-handedly save the Dodgers, Turner’s return is more than just adding the influential leader in the clubhouse. Indeed, he had an OPS of .945 last season. Even a standard Turner year in that department will boost the production of the offense. Undeniably and equally important is that we will once again have the chance to watch a player who has cemented his place in Dodgers history.
Turner endeared himself in the hearts of Dodgers fans long before his biggest moment in blue last October. His 2017 NLDS home run was one that made you step back and say his flare for the dramatics is something other-worldly.
We are all in for a treat with Turner back in the middle of the lineup. In any case, his presence figures to give the young players in the lineup confidence during times of adversity. The Dodgers are in the midst of a 16-24 start. This marks the worst start in franchise history since 1958.
Without reservation, I don’t think this will fly on Turner’s watch for long.
Beyond the shot in the arm that the Dodgers are about to receive from a chemistry standpoint, Turner is a run producer. He has twice posted an on-base percentage above .400 as a Dodger, and has been over .370 three times. Turner being on base has a direct correlation with guys like Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp and others seeing more hitter’s pitches. Based on track record and mathematics, it would be virtually impossible for the Dodgers to not improve by upgrading the pair of Max Muncy and Kyle Farmer with a player like Turner. Tuesday night can’t arrive quickly enough.
If the Dodgers are going to circle the wagons in 2018 – this is the starting point.
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